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Night Blooming Jessamine

Cestrum nocturnum

An intoxicating tropical shrub with dense, glossy green foliage and clusters of small greenish white flowers that are not particularly showy, but have a superbly sweet fragrance on warm summer evenings. Works well as a screen or divider. Place near outdoor living spaces where the fragrance can best be enjoyed. A frost-tender evergreen.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical PronunciationSES-trum nok-TER-num
LoreNight blooming tropical plants often lack color because it is useless when there is no sun. Fragrance is what draws pollinators, often moths, bats or other night flying nectar feeders.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 8 to 10 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasThis fine tropical shrub is a special night garden plant for hot zone gardens. Makes a fine evergreen natural hedge that works well as a visual screen or background. Plant as a single, specimen to enjoy its fragrance blossoms close up. Adapts well to containers on porch, patio and terrace. Small white ornamental berries will attract birds to the garden.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant
Flower ColorGreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Espalier, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Mandevilla (Mandevilla); Salvia (Salvia); New Zealand Flax (Phormium); Hibiscus (Hibiscus)

Prefers light, sandy, well-drained soils with room for roots to spread. Shelter from harsh sun exposures in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system. Feed in early spring. Prune annually after bloom period. Protect from frost; may be overwintered indoors in colder zones.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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